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Will Entrekin on professionalism issues related to editor/writer correspondence.

Wil Shetterly links to the article and offers his views.

A discussion follows.

Nicked from slapfights, your online source of energetic discourse.

I am a little baffled by "If an editor rejects you, the only proper response is to send that editor another submission." That's a response but what if it's clear that that the set of things you will ever write does not overlap with the set of things the editor will ever buy? What are you accomplishing by sending them more work? It just ties the material up for the duration of a rejection cycle.

Digression: How does ownership of the words in letters work again? IIRC the physical document belongs to the person who receives it but who owns the actual words? I know how it works in the UK because of the Diana letters but not how it works in Canada or the US.

[Added later: and how does this apply to email, where there's not really anything physical involved, aside from the medium on which the email is stored?]

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I can remember when netiquette forbade publication of private email, but I've never seen any justification given for the taboo.

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If it's private, keep it to yourself instead of sending it whizzing out across the global information network where it can be read by anybody who has admin privileges on the mail servers involved or runs a packet sniffer.

Allow me to quote an authority:
Miss Manners is sorry but people really must learn that e-mail, convenient as it is, is not a proper means to communicate things that you do not want repeated. Nor, for that matter, are letters. In pre-e-mail days, one was always hearing about letters falling "into the wrong hands," either because someone snooped or the recipient passed them around.

The standard advice then was, "Don't put it in writing unless you want everyone to know." This applies even more to e-mail.
In Nick's case, the people sending him the email are themselves violating his editorial guidelines, and those are clearly posted on the Clarkesworld site. For them to then expect him to adhere to some unwritten net etiquette -- for them to be rude to him and then expect politeness in return -- is ridiculous.

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